Monday, 8 December 2008

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Adult Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria - unknown subspecies) at Geddington, Northants - June 2009

Featured Subspecies: ?
Wingspan: 40-50mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

A distinctive looking moth that is fairly common in the UK, the larvae is found on shrubs, elder, hawthorn, honeysuckle and ivy. The name comes from the distinctive projections on the back of the wings which are vaguely remeniscent of  the tails of a swallow. Their flight time is between June and August and they primarily fly at night.

Related Species:
Family: Geometridae 
Genus: Ourapteryx 
SUBSPECIES: - unclear - 

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A fairly common resident
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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